Right after Christmas I finally got myself to the dentist chair. I was on painkillers for a week because of the numbing pain from the wisdom tooth. The x-ray showed that it’s horizontal with a curved root. All the hate in the world focused in on one tooth.
While extracting the tooth, I could see the dentist’s spectacles covered with bone/tooth fragments and blood splatters. I had some on my face and arms. Very festive. When he found it hard to remove the root and let out, “Ya Allah!”
Much to my comfort, another dentist peered over and commented, “Hmm. This is very hard to remove. So irritating.” To calm myself, I imagined all the mini-chainsaw sound effects to be of food processors. Coffee grinders. Blenders. Herbs and olive oil. When he finally got the root out, he exhaled “Alhamdulillah.”
A swollen right cheek and a few stitches in my mouth really just translate into a girl who got punched in the cheek and now speaks with a lisp. This new year will be like no other new year.
Have a great 2-0-0-9!